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The New York Times best-selling author of the Inspector Montalbano series brings us back to Vigàta in the 19th century for a rip-roaring comic novel.
1870s, Sicily. Much to the displeasure of Vigàta's stubborn populace, the town has just been unified under the Kingdom of Italy. They're now in the hands of a new government they don't understand and definitely don't like. Eugenio Bortuzzi has been named prefect for Vigàta, a regional representative from the Italian government to oversee the town. But the rowdy and unruly Sicilians don't care much for this rather pompous mainlander nor the mediocre opera he's hell-bent on producing in their new municipal theater. The Brewer of Preston, it's called, and the Vigatese are revving up to wreak havoc on the performance's opening night.
©1995 Sellerio Editore. Translation © 2014 by Stephen Sartarelli (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By nina on 02-20-16

Wonderfully amusing

What a great reader and story. Many wonderful characters who seem to brim with life and love. Seductions, murder, fires, all written with gorgeous language and wit.

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By Mike on 03-05-15

Narrator needs to learn to pronounce Sicilian.

I am a big fan of Andrea Camilleri's fictions, both the Inspector Montalbano series and the historical ones. This particular work has more Sicilian words than the usual Camilleri and the mispronunciations made me cry. Grover Gardner has narrated all of them--over 20. I am ready to listen to him narrate another 20, but if he would only not mangle it would make them perfect.

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